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post #1 of 10 Old 03-07-2011, 01:56 PM - Thread Starter
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I noticed very little out on the internet tubes about the Epson Pro Cinema 800, so i decided i would share my experience.

I had been going back and forth on a few different projectors for a while. Most of them were Epson, all of which were LCD.

I kept looking and looking, as I was on a pretty tight budget. I found the Epson Pro Cinema 800 refurbished model direct from Epson. YES it IS 5 years old, almost 6, but I upgraded from an old Sony VPH-1040Q... so the Epson is brand new in my opinion. I got it for $550 with 2 year warranty and on call service line (part of Epson's warranty)


I was worried that i would notice a substantial difference between the black levels and color accuracy from the old CRT to the new LCD. As i went from a 15,000:1 contrast with the CRT to a 5000:1 contrast with the LCD.
And my brightness, from 500 lumens to a maximum of 1800 lumens.

as for contrast/ Black levels:
Let me jsut say this, if there is a difference, i can't see it.
I was/am very impressed with the black levels in the Epson, as well as the shadow detail... I'm seeing things i didn't know where there...

As for brightness:
The Pro Cinema 800 in it's highest setting is brighter than anyone needs it to be for home theatre. I calibrated it, and then 24 hours later, recalibrated and reduced image brightness even more. I'm probably projecting at about 700-800 lumens. If you think it needs to be brighter, not only are you wrong. You are doing something wrong lol.


I have attached some pics, they do it NO JUSTICE, as the webcam doesnt pick up anywhere near the same detail, color, contrast, or sharpness you see with the human eye. Everything looks oversaturated and lacks the MPPPH you get in real life viewing.
This is just to give you an idea

There are substantial available adjustment settings, more than most would know what to do with.

So far I have watched the following Films on standard DVD, and am more than satisfied, downright impressed actually:

* Street Fighter: Legend of Chun Li
* Sunshine
* True Grit
* GI JOE Rise of Cobra
* 300
* Sin City
* The Mummy
* Finding Nemo
* The Fifth Element
* X2: Xmen United


Tonight I'm gonna watch I am Legend, Star Trek, & Terminator Salvation

CHeck out the pics
X2:

X2:

Sunshine:

Sunshine:

Sunshine, good idea of Shadow detail, tho blacks look washed out... blame the Webcam, not the PJ

FOX LOGO:


Hope this helps someone out there who was looking as hard as i was... sorry the pics aren't of better quality! remember the projected image is 95% better than these pics, these just give a good idea of color & detail... pics are fuzzier than image... image is very crips, very clean, very sharp.
Couldn't ask for more for under $1000

-POJ
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You need to search for the Epson Home Cinema 720 which is basically the same as the Epson Pro Cinema 810........

I had an Epson Pro Cinema 810 as well, wonderful projector.....
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You need to search for the Epson Home Cinema 720 which is basically the same as the Epson Pro Cinema 800........

I had an Epson Pro Cinema 800 as well, wonderful projector.....

i have owned the 800, and it was a very good projector, but no where near the 720, in fact the 810 was a big improvement over the 800 (improved lens, and sharpness) and the 720 was even better still...


when i ran the 800 i remember running in theater black and cranking up the contrast and the color saturation...


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Oh yeah, I had the 810 which I thought he was refering too....read too fast....
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as for contrast/ Black levels:
Let me jsut say this, if there is a difference, i can't see it.
-POJ


Lol. Then you didnt have a CRT.
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Thanks for the post. I to am on a strict budget and looking at this PJ. What is the image like with the lights on or during the day? I want to be able to watch sports in the day on it. Also, what throw distance and screen size are you at? Thanks.
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Thanks for the post. I to am on a strict budget and looking at this PJ. What is the image like with the lights on or during the day? I want to be able to watch sports in the day on it. Also, what throw distance and screen size are you at? Thanks.


If you have blinds or curtains on your windows you will probably be ok. Obviously the dimmer the room the better, but these projectors do alright in ambient light.
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If you have blinds or curtains on your windows you will probably be ok. Obviously the dimmer the room the better, but these projectors do alright in ambient light.

Thanks. I do have blinds and the rooms do not get direct sunlight after noon.
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Just stumbled across this thread, and I'm in the same situation as the OP. The 800 is available for just under $500 refurbed. Is it worth it, or better to go with the 705HD or the DLP ACER H5360?

EDIT: After a bit more reading, I'm guessing no?
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if you are looking at the epson store, they have the 810 for just a hair more, and its a huge improvement from the 800
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